How to Get Success in Examination

Always come prepared: This speaks for itself really. You should always be aware of what equipment you need for each exam, and more importantly, make sure you have it! Write yourself a checklist of equipment, ticking it off when you're sure you have it. If you don't, buy it as soon as possible!Also, it's important to remember that sometimes, exams require you to have a transparent pencil case. If you don't have one, just use a clear polythene bag. examination

 

Draw up an exam timetable: At first, this seemed like a waste of time for me, and admittedly, you can bypass this step if your college/school provides you with one. If not however, it's very useful to put the exams in perspective, to know how long they are and which ones are first. It helps focus your priorities.

 

Draw up a revision timetable: This is a very important step. The more serious exams usually follow a period of holiday or study leave, and all too often it is the case that people simply do not revise. No matter how lazy you are, you have to admit: it would be nice to be a little less stressed come exam time, and not have to frantically revise on the day. Write out a list of all the subjects you need to revise, and then place them in rank order, based on how good you are at the subject, and when it is. Exams that are sooner rather than later, and exams for subjects that you are weak at should be given priority. If you have a holiday period, try and put aside about 2 hours a day, but never revise for 2 hours straight! This is mind-numbingly boring. Split your revision up into half an hour intervals, and reward yourself at the end (I look forwards to a glass of lemonade, or some time spent enjoying myself without interruptions and worry about revision).

 

Structure your revision for each subject: This is important, as it gives your revision focus, and allows you a sense of achievement when you can cross off a subject. Write this out however you choose, be it in mind map form, written as a list, or anything that you feel you can easily work through. If you can, split the subject into sections, and then into subsections, and make sure you are confident with each subsection before moving on. This is particularly important for knowledge based subjects, especially progression ones, such as Modern History.

 

Revise alone and with friends: Both have distinct benefits. Revising alone allows you focus, over a shorter period of more concentrated revision, and allows you to write out detailed notes, or revise as you prefer. Working with friends however, allows you to test each other, helping you to identify your weaknesses. It's a more relaxed atmosphere too, relieving a bit of the pressure.

 

On the day of the exam, don't stress out: If you put in the revision, there's no need. Revision is a pain, but it's only for a very short period of your life, and sadly, these grades are often used to determine your intelligence and effort, as colleges/universities/workplaces can be forced to rely on these qualifications, especially if you have no past references. So make sure you revise. Keeping stress to a minimum is essential. Don't kid yourself into a false sense of security, but don't allow yourself to become a gibbering wreck either. Carry out the day as usual, revising whenever possible, but have a short break whenever you feel too stressed. Being stressed can cloud your mind, and cause you to mess up on your big day.

 

Pace yourself: Write appropriately for the question. If its worth 1-3 marks out of 80, do NOT waste time writing an answer to your satisfaction. For instance, in many subjects, this simply involves making a few simple points. Questions worth more marks typically involve use of good English, and multiple points, on which you must expand, by explaining them, and drawing on your own knowledge. Some questions may be worth a very large amount of marks, and typically involve writing an essay. This is common in English. In the case of essays, it is vital to paragraph effectively, making a point, providing evidence for it (in English, History etc.), explaining it, and then building on it further. Then tie the point off (a one sentence conclusion, just to indicate an end to that point), and start a new point and new paragraph.

 

Leave time to check your work: This is absolutely vital. Cut out the time spent daydreaming, and leave 5-10 minutes at the end of the exam to spend reading over your work. You should be searching for grammatical errors, incorrect dates (history, geography etc.), incorrect calculations (math's, science etc.); any stupid mistakes which may bring your mark down, even costing you a grade..... Best of Luck.

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